"I was the first person to sign up for the first Comic Con."
George R. R. Martin
Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin has claimed he was the first person to sign up for the first ever Comic Con. Speaking as a contributor on HISTORY's Superheroes Decoded Martin says: "I was the first person to sign up for the first Comic Con."
Martin's claim only adds to his renowned geek persona which has made him so popular with fans. He explains, "It was held in New York City in 1964 and it cost a $1.50 to sign up for it, which was a lot of money, like a dozen comic books and I had to spend more money taking the bus from Bayonne [New Jersey] hoping I could find this place in the depths of Greenwich Village."
Approximately 100 people joined the 16-year-old Martin at the convention in New York, including some big names in the world of comics. The Game of Thrones creator tells the programme, "a few pros showed up most notably 'Fabulous' Flo Steinberg, who was Stan Lee's secretary and Steve Ditko... Who still does Spiderman. It was an amazing experience."
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How things have changed for the author who has spoken publically about how difficult it is for him to attend conventions today. Speaking on his LiveJournal in 2015 he said, "If truth be told, San Diego has gotten overwhelming in recent years. There are always good times catching up with friends, and hanging with the cast, but it's not as if I can walk the floor anymore and look for old comic books, the way I once did."
While we knew he was geeky (Martin writes on an outdated DOS machine using Eighties word processor WordStar 4.0) this latest claim might have just raised the bar.